Friday, 15 March 2013

A Failed Walk


Failed as in, I didn't set out to accomplish what I intended to, but it was fine otherwise.

I took the Metro to the far reaches of the 15th Arrondissement with the goal of walking the winding length of the Seine from one end to the other through Paris. I thought it would take me about four hours to walk back to the 11th Arr at a leisurely pace. It was bitterly cold that day, and I didn't take into account that it would be miserably windy on the water, so I totally wimped out and hopped on to the cozy metro after walking just a few stops from where I started.


Bir-Hakeim is a big iron bridge with stunning views.

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There's no escaping it: pretty much every picture you take in this neighborhood is bound to include la dame de fer.

While the neighborhood itself is kind of a bland, "I keep an apartment in Paris" sort of place, it's very classically Paris.

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I had the wide dirt path along the river pretty much to myself as not many were braving the cold wind.

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A surprise...for the first time that I've been there, the huge fountains at the Trocadero palace were on. Never mind that the wind was whipping so hard that it was hard to avoid getting a cold misting.

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The top of the palace is the classic post card picture view of the city.


My timing was off, as the wind whipped away the sun, leaving me with flat gray light again.

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I will try my walk again soon, once I don't need to be bundled up like a subarctic explorer and eating sticks of butter in order to keep warm.

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